Information Leafblower’s Top 40 Bands In America list, which surveyed 25 bloggers about their favorite American musicians, came out yesterday; the full list of nominated bands, which inexplicably includes Stellastarr*, is here. Don’t go looking for too much outside the guitar-dude realm; IL proprietor Kyle Gustafson prefaced the list by saying, “I’ve emailed dance bloggers and hip-hop guys in years past and never get a response, so I didn’t even bother this year. Get over it.” So the list is heavy on rock-crit standbys (Bob Dylan, Wilco, Sleater-Kinney) and next-blog-things in wait (Lavender Diamond, Aberdeen City). We do have to give Gustafson credit, though, for using a totally cute piece of nature’s clip art to illustrate the list, which we’ve broken down further below:
Number of hip-hop artists: 4. But that’s only if you count Timbaland, Danger Mouse, and Ryan Adams.
Earliest point in the list when we said, “Whaaaa?”: No. 8, occupied by the Corgan-biting Silversun Pickups. (Seriously, who voted for those jokesrs? We want names.)
Artists who, it seems, made the list based on anticipation over what they might do in 2007: 4. It’s never too early to get that blog buzz going!
Percentage of Cat Power commenters who used a play on the title of The Greatest in their description of the record: 100.
Number of Track Marks-featured bands on the list: 0. We’re a little surprised that “Weird Al” Yankovic didn’t make the cut.
Number of Zune-featured artists on the list: 1.
Number of deluded commenters decrying the Strokes’ absence from the list: 1.
Description that never made us want to listen to music again: “Their ‘Ghostface Observatory’ mashup, which combines Ghostface with Ghostland Observatory, is easily the greatest mashup I’ve ever heard.”
The Top 40 Bands in America – 2006 Edition [Information Leafblower]